Celebrate Red Cross Month

Mary Sheppard | Managing Editor

In honor of March being Red Cross Month, The American Red Cross will be holding a series of blood drives around Connecticut. Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated the month of March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the organization helps so many lives.

The Red Cross depends on blood donors so that they can help burn victims, patients undergoing organ transplants, patients receiving cancer treatment, and others who rely on blood products at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide.

Eligible donors are encouraged to join this lifesaving mission by scheduling an appointment to give blood at one of the following drives:

Bethel: 3/2/2016

11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Church, 24 Dodging Town Road

Danbury: 3/11/2016

1:30p.m. – 6:30p.m., Central Christian Church, 71 West St.

Fairfield: 3/9/2016

12:30p.m. – 6p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 661 Old Post Road

Greenwich: 3/7/2016

1:30p.m. – 6:30p.m., Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Avenue

Monroe: 3/5/2016

7:45a.m. – 1p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 466 Elm Street

Ridgefield: 3/3/2016

1:30p.m. – 6:30p.m., Ridgefield Park & Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Road

Shelton: 3/4/2016

8a.m. – 1:30p.m., Perkin Elmer Corporation, 710 Bridgeport Avenue

Shelton: 3/14/2016

8a.m. – 1:45p.m., R.D. Scinto Towers, 2 Corporate Drive

Stamford: 3/12/2016

8a.m. – 1p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

Stratford: 3/3/2016

1p.m. – 6:15p.m., Knights of Columbus, 2252 Main Street

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You can schedule an appointment or find out more information by downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting redcrossblood.org, or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).

A blood donors card, driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 lbs., and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To do so or to learn more, you can visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

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